Where We Live: Housing Our Vets

Laurie Harkness
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Where We Live: Housing Our Vets
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Where We Live: Housing Our Vets

The US Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.

In March the National Deprtment of Veterans Affairs allocated 39 million dollars to fund more than two thousand new transitional housing beds.  This is part of the VA’s goal to end homelessness among veterans within five years.

Here in Connecticut, thousands of former service men and women are struggling, many with mental health problems such as PTSD.  In such a bad economy, many veterans are in need of jobs as well as housing.  Thankfully, new transitional and supportive homes are opening up across the state. 

Today, a conversation about and with state veterans on how we are taking care of those that fought in our wars, who now need a home.  




Education and referrals help people connect to make friends, family and reduce scapegoating and fear.
Street people reject small minded survival reflexes, like most educated people. One to one relationships improve reality testing. Medical stereotyping hasn't changed this reflex, we already use academics & intellect not enough answers . Compassion carries a stigma too. Business is still short sighted on such matters, marketing programs use media but priorities can change results, what is our trump card? Hospitals may need to return to a nonprofit status, require doctors to be educators that promote better research and examine the logistics in our food supply. Offer Biodynamic agriculture as one lesson. Its a multifaceted mental health dilema. There are parallels in our financial meltdown as well, good greens provide trace minerals to both farmer and CSA, we need to open up our markets, educate our homeowners as consumers.


but according to the business leaders in hartford, all the homeless are just rapists and convicts who deserve to live on the street.

Listener Email from Emily

I think in order to reverse the trend of Veterans' issues, the stigma
of mental illness needs to be addressed. Recently I had the chance
to watch a documentary called "Horse Boy" about a youngster with autism, the comment made by the father in the film was poignant....that the United States, as advanced as we are in many ways, is probably the country most likely to view citizens with mental illness as outcasts. Until this changes, veterans will continue to suffer difficulties with re-integration, and continue to try to treat themselves with drugs and alcohol.